What a Messy Room Says About Your Personality
Wed, April 21, 2021

What a Messy Room Says About Your Personality

For some people, cleanliness doesn’t matter. While it’s important to maintain a clean room or house,  these people might not even be able to prioritize washing the dishes or replacing the bedsheets / Photo by: G-Stock Studio via Shutterstock

 

For some people, cleanliness doesn’t matter. While it’s important to maintain a clean room or house,  these people might not even be able to prioritize washing the dishes or replacing the bedsheets. However, cleaning is not just about keeping your room organized; it can say a lot about your personality. By paying more attention to the way you arrange or organize the space around you, you can learn a whole lot more about yourself.

This also works for other people. If you want to know more about someone, just pay a visit to their home. It’s worth noting that every person has their own preferences when it comes to their rooms. For instance, some people find a tidy room soothing while some think it's boring. Some feel that messy rooms are their source of energy while some feel anxious about it. A 2014 study conducted by SpareFoot, the world's largest marketplace for moving and storage, revealed that 6% of American adults said their house or apartment is “very” cluttered while 21% classified their space as “somewhat” cluttered.

Sometimes, serious clutter in a person’s room can cause family conflicts and even affect their social life. The study showed that 12% of Americans stated that their guests often worry when their home is too cluttered. Having a messy room doesn’t necessarily mean that a person has mental health issues. Weena Cullins, a marriage and family therapist, stated that some people simply don’t value cleanliness. Instead, they prioritize other things over keeping a room clean. However, in some cases, messy rooms could indicate something more serious. 

"When you think about it, there's a mundaneness and a monotony with keeping up with tasks like this that need to be completed routinely without much more benefit to them than returning to a clean room, so sometimes a refusal to keep a room clean is more about that than anything else,” Cullins said. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Messy Room

Keeping things clean and organized is good for people. Science can prove it. However, why do people still leave a mess in their rooms? According to VeryWell Mind, a trusted and compassionate online resource that provides guidance for mental health, some people simply don’t place a high priority on having everything clean and organized. For some, a cluttered room is a normal state of affairs.

But, previous studies show that messiness has advantages like having greater creativity. Researchers believe that some people find working in a messy place more relaxing compared to a tidy room. Messiness allows them to break free of social norms and expectations. However, this doesn’t mean that a messy environment will make some people become more creative. There are people who tend to work better in highly organized spaces. Also, people who like messier spaces are more likely to prefer novelty. 

However, habitual messiness has negative impacts. For instance, previous studies discovered that people who are exposed to a disordered space are more likely to commit crimes. This only means that they can be deviant to the point of breaking rules and laws. Also, these people tend to have less healthy choices. This suggests that one should start cleaning and organizing their space to improve their health. 

According to Wellness.com, a messy room can take a toll on a person’s mental health. Being surrounded by clutter can make it harder to concentrate / Photo by: SOMKID THONGDEE via Shutterstock

 

What Messiness Says About You

Some people are not aware that our room reflects our personality. People tend to leave pieces of who they are in a space. Here's a look into what a messy room can say about you.

1 - A sign of depression

According to Wellness.com, an online site that helps people feel better, be happy, and live longer by connecting them with the best health and wellness information and resources on the web, a messy room can take a toll on a person’s mental health. Being surrounded by clutter can make it harder to concentrate. Researchers refer this to as “background stress,” which can be broken down into five areas: financial, occupational, environmental, medical, and social. 

Cullins explained that people suffering from depression struggle to get out of bed. "If you can barely get out of the bed, it's unlikely that you have the energy to clean your room," she said. Thus, the more time we spend wading through the clutter, the less effective we're likely to be in other areas of life.

2 - You might be a problem solver

Researchers discovered that people who have messy environments are great at solving puzzles and brainteasers. This also explains why a lot of hardcore gamers can be so adept at video games yet lack in the act of cleaning up their gaming area.

3 - Disobedient

Most of the time, people refuse to clean their rooms even if someone else has already noticed the messiness. Thus, they learn to not follow rules and take orders since they feel that it’s their room and they’ll do what they want with it. The messy space doesn’t end in the room. They can also apply those same habits anywhere they go.

4 - Generosity

A messy room may signal more generosity because people tend to donate more to charity. This is because they feel that they have so much stuff that they need to share it. 

Having a messy room depends on the preference or personality of a person. People must understand that some prefer to stay in a disorganized place so they can function effectively.